The Friday Scramble: Round 16

FridayScrambleWow, what a round of surprises and carnage that we certainly didn’t expect!  Well done if you managed to dodge it all.  With GAJ going down 10 mins before lockout we should have known that this wouldn’t be the end of it.  Throw in on top of that the early injuries to Waite, Ellis and Watson and you have the makings of a very unhappy DT player.  Oh, and just in case you were on the ball and managed to change your captain from Gary to someone else you also felt ripped off when you probable VC, Swanny ripped it up meaning you missed his massive captain score!

There are plenty of issues around that we are needing to deal with.  Obviously we have the issue of who to get in for Watson and who do we drop for Stevie J.  Obviously if you have both of these issues then it is a no brainer!  Anyway, we will have a look at these things later on in more details.

Get Off The Bench!

Wow, what a throwback!  For long time readers you may remember I used to do a Friday article called Get Off The Bench when we had a bye every week and we had 3 players on the bench in all lines.  However, I thought it was time to bring this back because I am getting a lot of questions each week on who people should be playing on the field and who should be missing out.  So I thought I would have a bit of a look across the lines and try and rank how I would put these guys at the moment.


1. Dean Terlich has been a lock at most people’s D6 position for the majority of the season.  Averaging 94 in his last 5 and a fantastic 106 in his last 3 he has fast become a reliable and popular backman.  He is flourishing under Neil Craig and doesn’t look like he is slowing down.  Being a mature age player certainly has helped him.

2. Brett Goodes shot to fame early on but hasn’t been consistently high scoring nor has he been reliably out on the field with a couple of injuries and one suspension.  But after Terlich he is the next best option.  He averages 79 on the season and in his last 3 and 80 in his 5.  Last week represented only his 2nd 100+ game for the season which was a bit of a surprise to me.

3. Brent Staker was going to be our saviour, but with an average just under 62 he has been far from that.  He has had a very inconsistent season with scores ranging from 35 to 91!  I have played him in the last couple of weeks (as a forward) and have been very nervous waiting to see his scores.

4. Nick Vlastuin is another that we have regularly relied upon this year, but with his shin injury a couple of weeks ago and then a 30 on the weekend (admittedly the Tigers were ordinary)  coupled with his 32 against the Dogs the week before I think Vlastuin is starting to struggle.  I wouldn’t be relying on him unless I really had to at the moment.

After these three guys, if you are relying on others lower down the totem pole well it is a bit of a raffle and you would only be playing them if you absolutely had to.  I would expect everyone has at least 5 solid options in their backline that are must start every week.


1. Tom Mitchell or Titch as he is commonly known around the DT world has fast become a DT must have and almost a must start!  He is averaging 103 in his 5 game career and has increased by $216,400 in value and still has a BE of only 17!  This kid is great, we knew about him last year and couldn’t wait for him, and he certainly has delivered!  I have had some people even ask if they should start him over “Premiums” like Cotchin or Scott Thompson.  I think to play him over those kind of guys you would need to be doing it based on matchup (like this week where Mitchell is playing GWS).

2. Jaeger O’Meara can think himself very unlucky that I have put him at number 2 in this list.  The kid is a jet and will be a must have going forward in our midfield for years to come.  He has played all 14 games for the Suns in his debut year (which makes me think he is due for a vest or a rest soon) and has a very tidy average of 88.5.  Whilst he has only 4 100’s in those 14 games, the majority of the rest are certainly in the 80’s and 90’s.  Jaeger is a safe bet for about 85 each week and if you need to play him you can do it with confidence.

3. Brad Crouch is someone that we all couldn’t wait to get into our teams but he seems to drop in and out of favour with Sando at the Crows.  His average of 81.7 sounds good, but it is his consistency that worries me.  His best was his 121 a couple of weeks ago, then his next best is down at 88 and he also has a couple of scores in the 60’s in his 6 games.  I think that had the Crows been flying this year he may have had a bit more protection, but with their position he has been called upon to do a bit more than he is capable of.  However, along with Jaeger, I see this guy as another one that will be a lock in midfields of the future.


1. Tom Nicholls has been carrying the number 1 mantle at the Gold Coast since Zac Smith went down.  He has averaged a tidy 82 in his 5 games and provides excellent backup as your R3.  I wouldn’t be playing him on your ground unless you have an injury at the moment though, I would hope that you all have a solid R1 and R2.  I know he has come on for a lot of teams lately with Maric out and done a great job.

2. Mark Blicavs was a superstar for us when we needed him early in the season!  He has an average just under 60 but is being challenged for game time at Geelong and his scores can be a bit hit and miss.  I would only play him if you don’t have Nicholls and then only if you really need to.


1. Brent Macaffer has been solid of late.  He has had a couple of good scores over 100 in rounds 10 and 11.  other than that he has been very solid for a 60-80 each week.  Reliable is the word that I would use for him.  He doesn’t have a big ceiling but he won’t get you a 35 either.  He is a safe bet if you need to have someone on the ground.

2. Brent Staker I have already spoken about ab0ve.  He is inconsistent but is still not the worst player that you can play on the field.

3. Ben Kennedy/Jake Neade/Anyone Else…. Pretty much anyone else that you can pick is going to get you a score, but the odds of it being over40 are not high!  Whilst these guys are able to get you a 75-85, they simply don’t do it often enough!  Obviously this week with Ben Kennedy out he won’t score at all!

I am sure that you all have these guys or others, but you really need to take care if you are going to play any of these guys on the field other than Terlich, Tom Mitchell or Jaeger.

What the Watson is going on?

Well with Jobe Watson out and he was a very popular player the question now is who do you take in his place?  Well the big problem from his game on Sunday was that he lost $26,500 and is now down at $433,500.

Clearly the best option would be to bring Stevie J back in, however, you are going to need just over $100k to get there.  Similarly to get to someone like Barlow, Griffin, Pendles or ROK you are going to need some cash in the bank.

Options around the price of Jobe would include Kane Cornes at $469k, Delids at $451k, Mundy at $475k, Luke Ball at $430k, Jelwood at $451k and Fyfe at $443k.

So there are plenty of options that you can play with.  I am sure that you can get somewhere with one of these guys!


A few less tonight as most questions that I got related to my section above on who to play over who.  So here are a few of my other questions this week.


Beamer is a complete Jet so let’s get that out of the way first.  Now… do you want to pick him up this week for the Adelaide game?  He is priced at 129 which will be high for a guy that has only played one VFL game on his comeback trail.  I would look at trading Jobe to someone like Fyfe or Jelwood and then give Beams a week or two to see how he goes.  Even if you get him in for the GWS game you will benefit from him.



Seems obvious but I am not so sure it is!  For me, and I can’t believe I am saying this, I think that Stevie J is the key this week.  Particularly given he is playing Melbourne at the Cattery this week where we know he smashes it!  Whereas Gaz has Richmond where he will cop the Jackson tag, then Collingwood and then Carlton.  On top of that he has a calf injury which you don’t often get over in just the one week completely (but he is Gaz after all), but I would be a little nervous about that.  So if I had to choose between the two I would probably get Stevie in first and then Gaz in second.



Well I guess I have sort of addressed this above, but the one that I didn’t address was Franklin.  That was a fairly easy thing really.  I wouldn’t be getting rid of him.  If I had to get rid of one of these guys I think I would probably trade out Vlaustin as he is the one that is going to lose the most cash this week.  He has a BE of 145 and as a result will be likely to drop by quite a bit of money so cashing him in now would be your best bet.


Things to Remember

  • A Week is a Long Time in DT – Just ask Swanny that!  He increased his score from the previous week by 90 points!
  • Sometimes too much info is a bad thing! – Those people that missed the Ablett news at lockout and had Swanny as VC certainly came up the best!
  • Load up on Cats! Remember what happened last time the Dee’s played at Kardinia Park.  Just don’t ask Dean Bailey!
  • Thank God ForAblett! – Gee aren’t we happy to have this guy back!


Well I had an ok week last week but didn’t get to the Par score.  I managed 2,122 which dropped me to 3,113 in the rankings.  Certainly not a great week and was let down by Griffin in the captaincy stakes!  I did get lucky in my work league where I won by 17 as my opponent had Jobe as captain!

Hopefully you have a good DT weekend and you all jump in the rankings.  We are starting to get to the pointy end of the season with only 4 games left in our leagues before finals which means that if you are more than a couple of games outside of the 8 you need to make sure you are getting some wins on the board!

Give me a follow on Twitter @pkd73 if you don’t already and I will try and give you any late news I get!



  • Boyd out but to who,

    So far ive tried Corns,Okeefe,Cotchin,Montagna

    Stanton fits well but not convinced he will play??

    • I wanna get Stanton in this week too so I hope he plays.
      He should I reckon.

  • whats people’s thoughts on tom lee? thinking trading b.kennedy – t.lee

    i can then upgrade watson to anyone… was thinking ROK…

    only thing is i am left with no money for next week.

    or do i just do watson – zaha or s.mitchell
    and b.kennedy – t.lee for cash for next week?

  • Decided to keep Watson this week and put Tom Mitchell over him in the mids. Then I have downgraded Rowe to Taberner and J.Frost to B.Wilson.
    Next week upgrading Watson with $83,000 and possibly Buddy if he puts in another poor performance.
    If I ever need any cash for the rest of season i can easily downgrade Crouch! :)

    Good idea?

  • Not sure which option is the better?

    1. Swallow > Cornes/Sitchell and Caff > RoK.
    Giving me a team full of premos minus Terlich. With cover of Staker/Titch/Nicholls/Buddy

    2. Caff > ROK and Buddy >Hanley
    Giving me a team full of premos with Terlich/Titch/Nicholls/Staker as emergencies.

    which options better?

    I know comman DT practice says to keep swallow but I’m just so very not comfortable keeping him lolz….im more comfortable fielding Terlich then playing swallow…

    am i mad?

    • I’ve lost count with the amount of times this has being posted, on this forum and fanfooty forum. It’s like where looking for missing persons form the missing persons unit. Just go with ur gut feeling as second guessing urself will more than likely land u in trouble.

  • should I play T.mitchell over Cotch or Danger? People are saying you must have him on the field.

    • People are saying that coz of vs Demons. So he will rack up lots of points. But Cotch has scored 118 and 137 against GC and Danger is a proven DT performer.

      At your own risk… I have kept Cotch in the side over Titch (in my bench) and I know it’s going to bite me back on Sunday arvo YOLO.

      • sorry not Dees… vs GWS

      • History against GC doesn’t matter, DT isn’t Cotchins game in 2013! Less midfield time and fewer marks and tackles! Play Titchell over him, that’s what im doing

    • It isn’t a must. Back in your premiums. I know he has scoring potential but don’t forget he is a first year player.

  • Hey guys.

    Need advice. I need to trade out Jobe was thinking Cornes. Also want to trade out the muppet JPK got him 6 weeks ago and has scored me 1 hundred in that time.

    Option 1 is to trade Thurlow to Wilson and Jobe to Barlow.

    Option 2 is to trade Watson to Cornes and JPK to S.Thompson. He’s the best premium mid in my price range.
    Already have Sam Mitchell.
    What’s better

    • I’d say the first option. Get rid of JPK next week if he goes spud.

    • Stay clear of SThompson to trade in… his DT form is any better than JPKs.

  • thoughts on ellis? is everyone holding? iv got enough cash to go ellis to hanley or heath shaw.. worth it or should I back him to come good after a bit of bad luck

    • big risk, big rewards… got a few important games before finals so I am looking to trade him for Ibbo.

  • Hennerbery to cotchin, and libatore to a midfielder around 515k anyone??

    • Dont trade in Cotchin! Bad form, wait a few weeks to see if he can consistently score 100s

    • Cotchin will also face FREO, Swans and Hawks after this week.

  • lol since I got 0 replies to my other post.
    Thoughts on StevieJ captain this week over Ablett/Swan..?
    Also thoughts on Titchell on field over Fyfe or S.Mitchell..?

    • Don’t have Ablett.. but I have put the C on Stevie J this week over Swan. Hope Stevie J pigs it out in the middle with Corey and Christensen out.

      I’d say back in you premiums…. although it is forecasted to rain in Adel on Saturday.

  • Is it a risk putting Stanton in?

    • I was wondering the same thing.

      This will be a slightly new situation for him (captaincy, first choice for the tag or two tags, potential soreness affecting his score)

      I’m torn between his bargain price and the risk.

      • I’m happy to give him one more week

        • Me too – desperately wanted to bring him back in after trading him out for the round 13 bye.

          ow I’m stuck on some slightly more appetizing trades, but i’m okay to pay 500K for him next week

  • Does anyone know how long Enright is going to be injured for? Is it worth to leave him on the bench or just trade him out. I can get in Malceski for him and downgrade Thurlow to X Richards (via Staker DPP) to free up some cash for upgrades next round. Any thoughts?

    • If you have a good cover on the bench like Terlich then you can bench Enright…only trade him out if he will give you a Donut otherwise wait next week. It is probably just a “rest” as what everyone else is also thinking. HOLD.

    • He’s probably rested rather than really injured. His foot complaint is probably a minor niggle, that wouldn’t be reported most of the time.

      I think it’s worth leaving him on the bench, and get another premium in to cover his absence.

  • Is enright definitely out for only 1 week?

    • It’s annoying all these guys missing just 1 week against Melbourne! Maric, Heppel, Enright.. etc. F*ckers.

  • This weeks dilemma is who to bench in my fwd line. Which one out of JJK, Buddy and Rockliff? Leaning towards JJK vs freo’s tight defense. Traded in Tippett last week as a F6 mercenary for his easy in the next 4

    • JJK scored 99 in Rnd 1 and no McPharlin this week.. IMO Buddy on the bench.

    • Buddy didn’t travel with the Hawks ti Adleaide, so that makes the choice that much easier

  • This week;
    Watson -> Ablett
    Macaffer -> Tippet

    I held Stevie J through his suspension so no worries there.

    Knowing my luck Ablett will re-injure or be a late withdrawal / vested.

  • Is upgrading Titch next week a good idea, im looking at getting Griffen, Rok or Pendles?

  • not related to anything, but i saw this on dreamteam, gonna shoot the person who made this team name!!

  • Buddy —> Kruizer via Rowe DPP and Watson to Jelwood. Thoughts on those trades?

  • ***NEWSFLASH*** Buddy didn’t travel to Adelaide with the team.

  • what do you think of going watson -> dalziell then franklin -> bartel?

  • DEF: Goddard, Heppell, Hanley, Gibbs,Terlich, Ibbotson EMERG: Staker, Clisby
    MID: Ablett, Swan, Pendlebury, Jack, Dangerfield, T.Mitchell, Priddis, Barlow, EMERG: Goodes, Neade
    RUCK: Cox, Roughhead EMERG: Nicholls, Gorringe
    FORW: Martin, Bartel, Lewis, Rockliff, Kennedy, S.Johnson EMERG: Franklin, Staker

    $273,600 in the bank and ranked 750 overall

    I’m thinking either Goodes to S.Mitchell the playing T.Mitchell on the pine… Seems like a bit of a waste at this stage but gives me decent bench cover + my opponent has him this week so I’m thinking of nullifying his influence…


    Thurlow to B.Wilson to free up some cash… But worried about Wilsons JS

    This is driving me crazy, hardest call all year for me.

    • T.Mitchell should ton up against GWS, so it would be a certain waste.
      It is smart thinking to get him in to equal your opponent, i wouldn’t do the trade myself but if you do end up doing the trade then get rid of Neade instead of Goodes.
      To free up more cash next week, Gorringe down to an 89’er would be solid.

      • Thanks’ for the feedback, thinking I will go Thurlow down to B.Wilson free up an extra bit of cash then maybe next week Gorringe to an 89’er and Neade up to a premium.

  • Whoops… I forgot to show in my side that I do have Thurlow as emergency

  • who to bench outta… titch, priddis and delidio?

  • Malceski or Shaw?

  • Will we know before lockout the West Coast and Freo teams?

  • I’ve heard that Jonathan Ceglar made the trip with the hawks. Looks like buddy will miss


    Western Bulldogs:
    In: Dylan Addison, Jarrad Grant, Liam Picken, Lachie Hunter
    Out: Ayce Cordy, Jake Stringer, Jason Johannisen, Jackson Macrae

    In: Nick O’Brien
    Out: Jobe Watson

    West Coast Eagles:
    In: Cale Morton, Ashley Smith
    Out: Beau Waters, Patrick McGinnity

    In: Alex Silvagni
    Out: Luke McPharlin

    In: Jesse White
    Out: Sam Reid

    In: Phil Davis, Sam Darley, Dom Tyson, Tomas Bugg, Shaun Edwards, Jonathon O’Rourke
    Out: Sam Reid, Adam Kennedy, Taylor Adams, Adam Tomlinson, Jacob Townsend, Stephen Coniglio

    Blayne Wilson not playing.

  • Damn! No B.Wilson there goes my Thurlow . Wilson Trade.

  • cotchin or t mitchel on the field this week?

    Thoughts would be nice

    • Play Cotchin, has a decent record against GC. A lot of people are forgetting that Tichell is only in his first year, his form may not continue

  • Who would be more consistent? Nick Malceski or Heath Shaw, hopefully 1 of them can ave close to 90 for the rest of the year. But which one?

  • For trading this week which option should I go with
    1) downgrade Hannath in ruck for 89 then I have 140k in the bank. Then trade Watson for any midfielder need people’s thoughts on who, I have Barlow, ablett, swan, pendles, montagna Watson cotchin, priddis so anyone
    2)downgrade Hannath have 140k, play Tom Mitchell this week and put jobe on the bench, look to trade him out next week. So I would trade out Burgoyne this week and who would I get in out of, shaw, malceski, Hanley, hibberd
    I need people’s advice and whichever option I pick I also need to know which player to select in stressing hard

  • Hey everyone, good luck this week.

    with $19,300 in the bank:

    Was thinking Watson -> Dalziell then Franklin -> Bartel.
    Thoughts on trades?

  • Who is the best option to trade Buddy to. I already have SJ, Bartel, Nroo, Martin, JJK and buddy.

  • Cloke or Roughhead?